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Donna Wilson, Belinda Jackson, Sion Barnsley (Lawson's) with Tracy Johnston (Wine Marlborough) and Nevena Ivanova 

Winner: Wine Industry Award 
Sponsored by Wine Marlborough

Innovation and sustainability are part of the DNA at Lawson’s Dry Hills. Founder Ross Lawson led the 2001 initiative to use screwcaps rather than cork, to ensure quality and reduce wastage of wine.


Two decades later they have become one of the few wine companies to achieve the rigorous ISO accreditation for both Sustainability…and Carbon Neutrality.


This internationally recognised certification reflects the culture at Lawson’s to improve and innovate across a wide range of areas, including recyclable and biodegradable packaging, generating solar power and storing water off the winery roof. 


Reaching and maintaining the international standards takes time, money and dedication.  Lawson’s Dry Hills don’t have deep pockets or wealthy overseas funders, but they show how it’s possible to invest in sustainability measures and be profitable.


Their efforts pay off in efficiency gains and give a marketing edge, as well as doing the right thing for the environment.


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